First Delusion





Probably the first delusion in the patent line originated with the

idea, that to obtain surplus honey, it was absolutely necessary to have

a chamber hive. To get rid of the depredations of mice, the suspended

hive was contrived. The inclined bottom-board was then added to throw

out the worms. To prevent the combs from sliding down, the lower end

was contracted.



The principle of bees rearing queens from worker-eggs when destitute,

gave rise to the dividing hive in several forms. Comb, when used

several years, becomes thickened and black, and needs changing; hence

the changeable hives, Non-swarmers have been introduced to save risk

and trouble. Moth-proof hives to prevent the ravages of worms, &c., &c.





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